Superbikes have to be based on production models, with a number of allowed modifications (a lot). Ducati would have to have a production V-4 Superbike to homologate it for racing.
The interesting thing is that they're developing a very high-end road bike supposedly based closely on the V-4 GP bike for limited production. If they build enough for homologation, they'll be likely be able to run that in WSB and AMA if they choose. It'll just be very expensive to build their race program around a totally new bike, I imagine. I also suspect that to end the 999 (or its derivatives') major-series race program might hurt its sales. And they'll only sell a handful of $50,000+ Desmosedici (GP-based) road bikes.
But, they've also been lobbying WSB to increase the displacement limit of twins to 1200cc to keep the 999 competitive in the coming years. I doubt that would happen in the AMA, but you never know these days.
Since when is someone who goes from 13th, at the end of the first lap, to just missing the podium a back marker. It is always amusing when a flippant remark, while made in jest, misses the truth by such a wide margin.
Go to motogp.com, check the analysis page under race results. You can compare his lap times to Rossi. Since he was faster than Rossi for most of the race, I fail to see how that makes him a back marker???
Oh ya! Did you see the crew cheering for Pedrosa at the end? According to Cycle News Nicky's problem may be his skill at developing a bike. Not a good sign that he wanted to ride the 2005 version. Also let's hope for dry racing all season.
no fair that Pedrosa guy weighs 110 pounds. If it was horse racing they would strap 50 pounds of lead to him. there needs to be some kind of handicapping in bike racing i'm thinking to compensate otherwise we will have to start breeding race of midgets to race.
Pedrosa might weight 110 lbs, but he wasn't fit enough to keep up with Capirossi. By his own admission he was tired by the end of the race. A lot of people believed him to be too weak to handle a full GP bike - he's of course disproved that - but his conditioning is something he will have to continue working on.
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